Advantages of a Metal roof:  Is it Right for Your Home?

  • By proadAccountId-387275
  • 03 Oct, 2017

One might think a metal roof catching a lot of sun would simply make the home underneath hotter, but this type of roofing comes with benefits and advantages other types don’t. Even when you’re living in a hotter and more humid region like Florida, those same positives might just be the best choice for your home.

Energy Efficient

Metal works to insulate a home by keeping out hot and cold air, as well as trapping the right temperature inside. When your house is kept cooler as a result, and your air conditioning units don’t have to work as hard, you’ll pay less. These roofs also reflect a lot of solar heat, which can lower the price of your energy bills by as much as 25% .
If you happen to be interested in solar paneling for your home, metal roofing contributes to longer-lasting panels by reducing the amount of heat they take on during regular use . Energy efficient options like these could save you hundreds of dollars, and when it comes to roofing, you won’t have to put in much effort at all.

Durability and Longevity

Metal roofing can take a lot of abuse, whether you’re in Florida or any other part of the world. It can last from 20 up to 70 years, which may end up being double the lifespan of other choices like asphalt. Metal will not break off, crack, or require the same amount of maintenance as traditional roofing. Metal can withstand winds of up to 140 miles per hour, the force of a hurricane, yet can weigh less than half  what tiles does. Because metal is noncombustible, the roof will never catch on fire; having this safety feature may also cause your insurance to be cheaper. Through heat, rain, snow, and storms, your metal roof will stay strong.

Ease of Accessibility

Metal roofing is easy for contractors to install, particularly because it comes in larger slabs than shingles or tiles; being lightweight also makes it easy to transport. It isn’t prone to leaking, so the installation process should be fairly straightforward. The right metal roofing can cover an existing roof, too, saving money and manpower in the process.

Though the price is higher than other traditional materials, a metal roof can save you several costs and improve your home in ways one wouldn’t expect. Be sure to weigh all the pros and cons before making a decision, but metal roofing benefits can end up easily outweighing the drawbacks. You can request a free quote from BRC Roofing and Construction  to find out your options today.

By proadAccountId-387275 09 Oct, 2017

Energy efficiency is an increasingly vital focal point for homeowners, and it isn’t difficult to understand why. Many feel a responsibility to the earth and want to live in an ecologically responsible manner. Others seek the financial benefits of saving on energy expenses. For most homeowners, it’s probably a combination of the two.

The roof plays in important role in a home’s energy efficiency because there’s a lot of surface area through which heat can penetrate during warm weather and escape during cooler weather.

Adopting any or all of these three ways to upgrade your roof can benefit the environment and your wallet:

1.   Re-Roof With Energy-Efficient Roofing Materials

Dark, asphalt-shingled roofs absorb a lot of sunlight and convert it to heat energy, typically raising indoor temperature by about 20 degrees on a warm day. That means running your air conditioner a lot more often than you would otherwise need to.

If you prefer asphalt shingles for your roof, simply choosing a lighter color will reflect more light. In addition, some shingles now use different mineral granules that are more reflective than traditional coating minerals.

Beneath the shingles, a radiant barrier membrane can be installed that will reflect not light, but heat, from above.

Metal roofs do a better job reflecting light and not converting it to heat than asphalt shingles. Although they cost more to install than shingles, they are more economical in the long run, not only because of the energy savings, but also because they last longer. An additional environmental advantage of a metal roof is that they generate less solid waste, because they need replacement less than half as often as asphalt shingles.

Ceramic tiles are another good choice. They’re available in light colors, and under normal circumstances they last just about forever.

2.   Apply a Cooling Coating

If your home has a flat roof protected by a waterproof membrane, chances are it’s black. Light-colored coatings are available to improve the roof’s reflectivity and water resistance at the same time. If you’ve installed a dark metal roof, it can be painted a lighter color.

3.   Insulate Your Attic

Every attic should be insulated, and any attic that was last insulated more than 20 years ago should probably have additional insulation added, or old, compressed insulation removed and replaced with more efficient materials.  

If you’ve ever been up in your attic on a warm day, you know how tremendously hot it can get up there. So while you’re up there checking the insulation, make sure the attic is properly ventilated with soffit vents and a ridge vent, gable vents or both.

Save energy, save money, and do your part to save the environment with the right roof for your Jacksonville home. Contact BRC Roofing & Construction today: 904-288-0431.

By proadAccountId-387275 03 Oct, 2017

Thousands of people are injured each year in falls from ladders, and hundreds of those falls are fatal. This is why it is vital that you take precautions before you climb a ladder. Here are a few ladder safety tips that may help.

External Conditions

It is important to check the conditions around you before using a ladder to make sure you are safe. For one, you do not want to work when it is raining, snowing, or if the wind is too strong. You should also check for any power lines that you need to avoid. All of these conditions could make things dangerous for you. If conditions are not ideal, you may need to schedule this task for another day.

Equipment Check

Ladder safety also means making sure the equipment is in optimal condition. You do not want to use this tool if there is something wrong with it, such as missing parts. Every part of the equipment is vital one way or another, so do not climb unless you know everything is as it should be.

Know the Climbing Apparatus

It is important that you read the manual that came with the tool before using it. You need to know your climbing tool well so that you can use it safely. Most of these tools contain important information near the bottom (probably on the side) for your benefit, so be sure to read those notes before climbing.

Safe Steps

Keep safety on your mind at all times while using a ladder. Wear non-slip shoes, and make sure that every step is a firm one. Do not take additional steps until your grip is firm. Be sure not to climb until the tool is on firm and non-slippery ground. If possible, try to have someone hold the device while you use it. Do not use the ladder if you are tired, sleepy, under the influence of a drug, or dizzy. Be sure to move slowly when you are climbing because sudden movements can lead to accidents.

3-Point Tip

One of the most important lessons to remember about using a ladder is the three-point rule. The rule involves making sure that three body parts are touching the device when climbing. This could be two hands and one foot, or it could also mean two feet and one hand. The rule is meant to help keep your body stable and distribute weight as evenly as possible.

These are a few tips  that may help keep you safe while using a ladder. Be sure not to let your kids and anyone else who is not trained use your ladder.

By proadAccountId-387275 03 Oct, 2017

As a homeowner, one of the most important and costly improvements you can make to your home is getting a new roof. A new roof should last, depending on the materials used and where you live, at least 20 years, so while a good roofing job may cost a lot, it’s worth it in the long run. A bad job, on the other hand, can be a disaster for a homeowner, leading to damage inside the home and costing thousands of dollars for repairs and replacement.

At BRC Roofing, our licensed and insured roofers have seen the damage caused by poor roof installation. They have been called out countless times to repair or replace bad roofing repairs or installations done by unscrupulous contractors or unskilled do-it-yourselfers.

Some of the most common problems see are poorly laid shingles and flashing mistakes.

Flashing is a wide metal strip that is installed in locations where water runoff is concentrated, such as an inside corner between sections of roof and around chimneys and dormers. Where it is required, flashing must be secured and installed underneath new shingles for it to be effective. Unfortunately, we have seen installations where flashing was laid over the shingles, facing the wrong direction, and not sealed or secured. All of these things can dramatically reduce the life of your roof and cause serious damage to your home.

Roofers at BRC Roofing have also been called in to fix bad roof jobs stemming from poor shingle placement and installation. Many DIY roofs don't have a "starter layer" of shingles installed along the eaves for extra protection where the roof is most vulnerable. Incorrectly staggering the shingles or nailing them in the wrong spot can result in premature roofing failure. Incorrect slope is another problem we have had to address. If the pitch of the roof is too low, shingles may be the wrong type of roofing to install. The solution might be to use a different kind of roofing, or to rebuild the roof structure for a steeper slope.

If you aren't sure if your roof was installed or repaired correctly, here are some details to look for:

  • Missing drip edge. The drip edge is an angled strip of metal that extends from beneath the shingles at the bottom edge of the roof, just over the gutter. It helps water drip easily from the roof into the gutter. If it isn’t there, corners were cut on installation.
  • Shingle alignment: This is one of the easiest mistakes to spot. If three-tab shingles aren't lined up vertically by their slots, or not lined up straight along the horizontal plane, they weren't installed properly.
  • Interior damage: If you go into your attic and see water damage, call an experienced roofing company immediately. That's the most obvious sign of poor roof installation or a failing roof.

If you fear you have had a bad roofing repair, or you want to avoid one, contact BRC Roofing and Construction in Jacksonville: 904-288-0431. We know how important roof installation is to your home's overall integrity and value. We’re licensed and insured, and we guarantee our work. With a roof from BRC Roofing, you can be worry-free for years.

By proadAccountId-387275 03 Oct, 2017

One might think a metal roof catching a lot of sun would simply make the home underneath hotter, but this type of roofing comes with benefits and advantages other types don’t. Even when you’re living in a hotter and more humid region like Florida, those same positives might just be the best choice for your home.

Energy Efficient

Metal works to insulate a home by keeping out hot and cold air, as well as trapping the right temperature inside. When your house is kept cooler as a result, and your air conditioning units don’t have to work as hard, you’ll pay less. These roofs also reflect a lot of solar heat, which can lower the price of your energy bills by as much as 25% .
If you happen to be interested in solar paneling for your home, metal roofing contributes to longer-lasting panels by reducing the amount of heat they take on during regular use . Energy efficient options like these could save you hundreds of dollars, and when it comes to roofing, you won’t have to put in much effort at all.

Durability and Longevity

Metal roofing can take a lot of abuse, whether you’re in Florida or any other part of the world. It can last from 20 up to 70 years, which may end up being double the lifespan of other choices like asphalt. Metal will not break off, crack, or require the same amount of maintenance as traditional roofing. Metal can withstand winds of up to 140 miles per hour, the force of a hurricane, yet can weigh less than half  what tiles does. Because metal is noncombustible, the roof will never catch on fire; having this safety feature may also cause your insurance to be cheaper. Through heat, rain, snow, and storms, your metal roof will stay strong.

Ease of Accessibility

Metal roofing is easy for contractors to install, particularly because it comes in larger slabs than shingles or tiles; being lightweight also makes it easy to transport. It isn’t prone to leaking, so the installation process should be fairly straightforward. The right metal roofing can cover an existing roof, too, saving money and manpower in the process.

Though the price is higher than other traditional materials, a metal roof can save you several costs and improve your home in ways one wouldn’t expect. Be sure to weigh all the pros and cons before making a decision, but metal roofing benefits can end up easily outweighing the drawbacks. You can request a free quote from BRC Roofing and Construction  to find out your options today.

By proadAccountId-387275 26 Sep, 2017

The type of roof you choose for your home says a lot about you. A roof takes up a huge percentage of the exterior look of your home, so you should choose a roof wisely. There are many different factors that may affect the type of roof you choose. The area where you live is one of these factors. Different geographical locations require different types of roof. The location also affects how well a roof works for you.

There are some guidelines you can follow that can lead you to choose the best roofing material for your home. These guidelines are cost, efficiency, durability and design.

Design


As noted above, the type of roof you choose takes a huge part of your home’s exterior appearance. That means you should choose wisely depending on the design of your home. Do some research in your area or online to look for houses with the same design as yours. Look at the roofs on those houses and consider choosing one that pleases you.

The roofing material you choose should go well with the design of your home. Make sure that even the roof color complements the rest of your home.

Efficiency

The type of roof you choose for your home can determine how much energy you use in your home. This is why energy-efficient roofing systems were developed. It is a good way to conserve the environment by recycling materials used to make the roof. An energy-efficient roof can save money on power bills.

Durability


Among the many factors that you should consider while choosing a roof is its durability. Before you buy your new roof, you should have a guarantee that it will live for a long time. Buy a roof that can last for more than 20 years. It should also be strong enough to withstand any type of weather. Pay close attention to the warranty you get for your new roof .

Roof Cost


Finally, consider the cost of roof materials and labor. The cost of the roof  should be reasonable and within your budget. However, even if the roof is expensive it should offer you a good service for a long time and be worth its dollar value. But still, try to get a good deal when purchasing roofing materials. Go for a roof that offers the best services, lasts longer, and comes with a good warranty. You should have peace of mind that in case the roof gets damaged, you can be compensated.

By proadAccountId-387275 26 Sep, 2017

One of the first things you want to do after a storm hits your neighborhood, once you’ve made sure your family is safe, is to assess the condition of your property. It’s easy to see tree limbs that have come down or damage to siding or other parts of the house.

However, it’s not so simple to determine whether your roof was affected by high winds, lightning, heavy rains or hail. There are some steps you can take yourself to determine whether you’ve experienced roof damage. At other times, it’s a good idea to call in the experts from a roofing company.

Your roof can experience wind damage in several different ways, according to dryhome.com . When tree limbs break and fall onto the roof, they can puncture shingles and the underlying material. Other debris can also blow across the roof or become lodged under the roofing material itself, resulting in leaks. Wind can also cause a shingle to peel back or dislodge, particularly along the edge or corner of the roof. If the wind damage is severe enough, or several events occur over a short period of time, you might start finding the shingles on the ground after storms.

Hail causes some serious problems as well. Shingles in particular can be dented or even stripped away by large hailstones. The size, weight and even the shape of hailstones have an impact on how much damage they do to roofing materials. Roof damage is exacerbated when a shingle is torn or stripped away, allowing water to enter and damage your home.

Looking for storm damage to your roof primarily requires you to stay on the ground. AngiesList.com suggests you tour your yard to look for shingle and gutter debris, fascia that may have come loose from the edge of the roof or metal flashing from around a chimney. While you can’t get a complete view of the roof from the ground, you will likely be able to see extensive damage to various parts of it or to the gutters.

Once you’ve done an exterior inspection, it’s a good idea to take a look inside to ensure there are no signs of a leaking roof. Although these problems often aren’t evident as quickly as outside damage is, indoor signs can help you determine whether you need roof repair or replacement. Some of the signs which show you may have a leaking roof include a wet or damp attic, moisture marks or stains on walls and ceilings or even an unexpected jump in your monthly electric use.

If you think you’ve had some roof damage, whether it’s due to wind, hail or other causes, it’s time to call in a roofing expert. These experts have the equipment and expertise to get up on the roof safely in order to determine what kind of damage has been done. After a storm has left your area, call a roofing contractor to help get your roof back into prime condition.

By proadAccountId-387275 13 Sep, 2017

When the hurricane season in Florida is just about to start, you do not just sit and wait for “D-day.” The best thing is to ensure that you protect your roof against strong wind and flying debris.

Beware the Power in a Storm

The amount of energy that an average hurricane releases is 200 times more than all the electric power generated worldwide, says Christopher Landsea, an expert meteorologist working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Not all the energy will come flying across homes in Jacksonville, but there would be disaster should just a small percentage of it hit any weak roof. For example, the 2004 four hurricanes in Florida caused $45 billion in damages.

Protect Roof for the High Wind Season

Because a hurricane is a tremendous display of natural power, your roof needs strong protection. Surveys done in 2004 to 2005 show that 95 percent of American residents who file home insurance compensation claims do so because their houses have roof damages. Any roof damage might cause future disasters including mold growth and water damage.

Roof Protection Guide

To protect roofs against the tropical storm or high wind, here’s what you can do:

 
• Shingles: The installation of new asphalt shingles is a foolproof roof protection against high winds of up to 150 mph. Roof experts agree that an old roof will only withstand the winds whose speed is 50 to 60 mph. Additionally, you need to strengthen your shingles with 6-inch nails for more effectiveness and protection. The strongest winds can lift shingles fastened with 4-inch nails sometimes lift the 4-nailed shingles.

Roof reinforcement:  Florida residents know all too well the risks caused by the lifting of shingles during hurricane season. The removal of shingles can lead to water penetration and flooding. The application of adhesive on loose shingles and using pressure to fix the shingles firmly on the underside is helpful. A roof expert should perform the shingle strengthening exercise 2-4 weeks before the onset of high winds for the adhesive to cure in time.

Roof strapping:  Strapping down the roof is an adequate protection for your home and the family. The reinforced roof will also protect against the flying debris. Your roofer will use strapping in form of metal strips to attach the roof to the wooden or metal roof foundation and wall firmly.

New Roof:  Sometimes a professional assessment may show that the roof is so old that it will cause headaches so often that only a new roof will give you peace of mind.

 

Seek Help

If you need contractors skilled in stormproof techniques, roof inspection, installation, maintenance, restoration, repair, and roof replacement, call BRC Roofing and Construction, (904) 288-0431. You can also visit our website http://www.brcroof.com/ to fill out our online form for your free quote.
By proadAccountId-387275 13 Sep, 2017

For those who know what to look for, there are signs that a home’s roof needs attention before there’s standing water in the living room. By the time problems become obvious, they are often serious, extensive, and expensive to fix. On the other hand, by identifying problems early and taking appropriate action, damage can often be minimized and the scope and cost of repairs contained. In fact, early intervention can be the difference between a simple repair and a complete roof replacement.

 

Here are five early-warning signs to keep watch for. If you notice any of them, contact a professional roofing contractor for further advice.

 

1. Age of roof

 

In Florida, even roofs warranted for 20 or 25 years may last for only 10 or 12, given the harshness of our sunshine. If your asphalt shingle roof is more than 25 years old, examination is unnecessary. The roof has satisfied its warranty and given you more than it owed you. It’s past time to replace it.

 

When buying an existing home, find out the age of the roof so you know how many years it may have left. Any asphalt roof in Florida that’s more than 10 years old should be inspected annually to make sure it’s still sound.

 

2. Inside problems

 

Look first at your roof first from the inside. Go into the attic. Check under the eaves for light coming through and for stains or streaks indicating leaks. Look and feel around for water. If the insulation is damp, water is getting in.

 

When you’re done in the attic, check the ceiling and high up on the walls for bubbles or discoloration. They’re not coming from nowhere! Water is getting in somehow, even if you couldn’t find it in the attic. A professional roofing contractor will know how to find it.

 

3.Examine the shingles

 

Shingles should lie flat against the roof. Cupped, missing or torn shingles not only expose the roof to water damage and rot, but also make nearby shingles more susceptible to being damaged or blown away. The weaker, more damaged shingles are, the further damaged they will soon become, so replace them immediately. And while you’re at it, check the gutters and under the downspouts for mineral granules from the shingles. If granules are washing off the shingles, it’s a sure sign that the roof’s useful days are coming to an end.

 

4. Check seals and flashing

 

A roof is more than just the shingles. It is also metal flashing and rubber seals that surround and seal the joints between the roof and vents, skylights, and chimneys, and also the valleys in the roof where sections meet. Where flashing is rusted or missing or seals torn or cracked, there will be leaks. If caught early, inexpensive repairs to flashing or seals may be the only repairs needed.

 

5. Plant life

 

Moss may have its place around a house, but growing from your roof is not one of them. The presence of moss indicates moisture in a roof, and that indicates rot is taking place beneath the shingles. At the very least, that section of shingles will have to come up, and the rotten plywood or boards beneath it replaced. And if your roof is at the point where it has started to sag, then you have even more serious structural damage that must be addressed in the interests of personal safety.

 

For high quality home roofing inspection and repair in the Jacksonville area, contact BRC Roofing & Construction .


By proadAccountId-387275 06 Sep, 2017

To be honest, your home's roof is not the most glamorous or interesting thing in the world. Most of the time, we don't even notice our roofs – unless there's a sudden leak or some other major (or minor) catastrophe.

But the roof is a critical component of any home. It provides protection and safety from the elements, and adds crucial stability to the structure of your home. When things go wrong with your roof, questions arise in a hurry and need to be answered.

When hiring a roofing contractor, don't be afraid to ask questions; you need all the information you can get to make an informed and appropriate decision.

Whether you're deciding on a new roof or repairs to an existing one, three important groups of questions stand out:

1. How much will it cost?

Of course, how hard your wallet's going to be hit should be on the list of questions to ask when hiring a roofer, but general questions about the total  cost of replacing or repairing your roof can omit items that may be less obvious and overlooked, and may be more costly. For example:

a. Cost of labor . How many workers will it take to do the job? Are the roofers properly licensed and/or credentialed in your state or city?

b. Cost of materials . What materials will be installed, and what quality can you expect from them?

c. Adequate insurance . Does roofer carry both liability and workers' compensation insurance that covers all  workers? This is especially important if damage occurs to your home or property during the repair or replacement of your roof, or if one of the workers is injured while on the job. If your roofing contractor doesn't have both liability and workers' compensation insurance, you  could end up footing the bill.

2. What warranties are provided?

Warranties are important to protect both you and your home. The roofing contractor should stand behind all of his/her work and be willing to fix any problems that arise due to poor workmanship. Likewise, the materials installed should be covered by a separate warranty from the manufacturer.

3. Can the roofer or contractor provide references?

Previous customers can tell you a lot about a contractor's work. Ask the prospective contractor for at least five customer references, and follow up with them. Call the references and ask questions like these:

a. Did the contractor arrive for work on time?

 

b. Did he listen carefully to the customer's concerns and questions?

 

c. Were he respectful of the customer and the customer's property?

 

d. Was the customer satisfied with the work done?

 

e. Was the final bill as quoted, or were there extras that didn’t seem justified? (Important note: sometimes costs may be higher than quoted because problems are uncovered after the work begins. These may be justified, but should be discussed with the customer so there are no surprises.)

While there are many other questions that can be asked, these will get you started. And remember to get everything  in writing.

For a roofing contractor that’s licensed, insured, and ready to work with you in Jacksonville, FL, contact BRC Roofing and Construction today: 904-288-0431.


By proadAccountId-387275 29 Aug, 2017

Florida weather presents special challenges to manufacturers and installers of roofing materials. A high proportion of sunny days (for example, Jacksonville experiences 221 sunny days per year ) and location not far from the tropics mean that roofs are exposed to high heat and intense exposure to ultraviolet rays nearly year-round. Coastal locations expose roofs to salt spray, and tropical storms and hurricanes may subject them to extremely high winds. All of these can either gradually degrade the roofing materials or catastrophically damage not only the covering but the very structure of the roof itself.

For example, wind gusts above 120 miles per hour cause sufficient damage to require reroofing in 30% to 50% of all roofs, according to the Florida Division of Emergency Management . Roof age plays a significant role in resistance to damage. Gusts in the 75-95 mph range damage 20% of roofs older than 10 years, but less than 5% of roofs less than five years old. The agency concludes that roofs older than 10 years are particularly vulnerable to hurricane damage.

In Florida, as throughout the United States, asphalt shingles are the most popular roofing material, primarily because of their relatively low cost and good performance. But while many asphalt shingles are sold with warranties of 20, 25, or even 30 years, their lifespan in Florida is often much shorter. According to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (IACHI), 3-tab asphalt shingles (the most common and economical style) are expected to last 10 to 12 years in Florida, while higher-quality architectural shingles have an expected lifespan of 15 to 20 years.

These figures, however, are based on historical data, and the situation has improved considerably in recent years. Since the late 1990s, manufacturers have begun introducing shingles that are better able to resist damage from high winds, and a new scale of wind resistance has been developed to reflect these improvements. Roofing shingles are now graded from Class A (resist gusts up to 60 mph) to Class H (resist gusts up to 150 mph). So even if a roof from the late 1990s happens to be in good condition (unlikely, given its age, but not impossible), it will be far more vulnerable to hurricane damage than a roof covered with newer, more wind-resistant shingles.

Other improvements in asphalt shingles include the availability of lighter-colored and more reflective mineral granules, which reduce damage from UV rays and keep the roof cooler, so that the asphalt itself is less prone to melting and dropping granules. (By keeping the roof cooler, lighter-colored shingles also keep the house cooler, and energy usage on air conditioning is minimized.)

The IACHI estimates that metal roofs in Florida typically last 17 to 20 years, but a website called Roofing Calculator says 50 years isn’t out of the question. Aluminum and zinc roofs are rated for wind resistance of either 110 mph or 160 mph. Metal roofs also have the virtues of being highly resistant to impact damage and requiring little maintenance, making them a good option for Florida homeowners.

IACHI also gives Florida longevity estimates for slate roofs (50+ years) and wood shakes (25 years). If properly installed, both can have excellent wind resistance. Slate, however, is expensive and vulnerable to impact damage (for example, from a fallen tree limb), while wood shakes require a high level of maintenance against rot and other environmental damage if they are to achieve their lifespan potential.

One more option for Florida homeowners is clay tiles. These commonly carry a 30-year warranty, but lifespans of 50-100 years are common. Salt spray and UV exposure don’t touch them and, if properly installed, they resist wind damage well, holding up easily to winds of 100 mph and above. Like slate, however, they are vulnerable to impact damage, and they can not be walked on without danger of cracking.

To learn more about your roofing options in Jacksonville and for help selecting the most appropriate type for your home, style, and budget, contact BRC Roofing & Construction .

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